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CHAPTER I.
The Mississippi is Well worth Reading about. -- It is Remarkable. --
Instead of Widening towards its Mouth, it grows Narrower. -- It Empties
four hundred and six million Tons of Mud. -- It was First Seen in 1542.
-- It is Older than some Pages in European History. -- De Soto has
the Pull. -- Older than the Atlantic Coast. -- Some Half-breeds chip
in. -- La Salle Thinks he will Take a Hand.

CHAPTER II.
La Salle again Appears, and so does a Cat-fish. -- Buffaloes also.
-- Some Indian Paintings are Seen on the Rocks. -- "The Father of
Waters "does not Flow into the Pacific. -- More History and Indians.
-- Some Curious Performances -- not Early English. -- Natchez, or
the Site of it, is Approached.

CHAPTER III.
A little History. -- Early Commerce. -- Coal Fleets and Timber Rafts.
-- We start on a Voyage. -- I seek Information. -- Some Music. -- The
Trouble begins. -- Tall Talk. -- The Child of Calamity. -- Ground
and lofty Tumbling. -- The Wash-up. -- Business and Statistics. --
Mysterious Band. -- Thunder and Lightning. -- The Captain speaks.
-- Allbright weeps. -- The Mystery settled. -- Chaff. -- I am Discovered.
-- Some Art-work proposed. -- I give an Account of Myself. -- Released.

CHAPTER IV.
The Boys' Ambition. -- Village Scenes. -- Steamboat Pictures.
-- A Heavy Swell. -- A Runaway.

CHAPTER V.
A Traveller. -- A Lively Talker. -- A Wild-cat Victim

CHAPTER VI.
Besieging the Pilot. -- Taken along. -- Spoiling a Nap. -- Fishing for a
Plantation. -- "Points" on the River. -- A Gorgeous Pilot-house.

CHAPTER VII.
River Inspectors. -- Cottonwoods and Plum Point. -- Hat-Island Crossing.
-- Touch and Go. -- It is a Go. -- A Lightning Pilot

CHAPTER VIII.
A Heavy-loaded Big Gun. -- Sharp Sights in Darkness. -- Abandoned to
his Fate. -- Scraping the Banks. -- Learn him or Kill him.

CHAPTER IX.
Shake the Reef. -- Reason Dethroned. -- The Face of the Water.
-- A Bewitching Scene.-Romance and Beauty.

CHAPTER X.
Putting on Airs. -- Taken down a bit. -- Learn it as it is. -- The River
Rising.

CHAPTER XI.
In thg Tract Business. -- Effects of the Rise. -- Plantations gone.
-- A Measureless Sea. -- A Somnambulist Pilot. -- Supernatural Piloting.
-- Nobody there. -- All Saved.

CHAPTER XII.
Low Water. -- Yawl sounding. -- Buoys and Lanterns. -- Cubs and
Soundings. -- The Boat Sunk. -- Seeking the Wrecked.

CHAPTER XIII.
A Pilot's Memory. -- Wages soaring. -- A Universal Grasp. -- Skill and
Nerve. -- Testing a "Cub." -- "Back her for Life." -- A Good Lesson.

CHAPTER XIV.
Pilots and Captains. -- High-priced Pilots. -- Pilots in Demand.
-- A Whistler. -- A cheap Trade. -- Two-hundred-and-fifty-dollar Speed.

CHAPTER XV.
New Pilots undermining the Pilots' Association. -- Crutches and Wages.
-- Putting on Airs. -- The Captains Weaken. -- The Association Laughs.
-- The Secret Sign. -- An Admirable System. -- Rough on Outsiders.
-- A Tight Monopoly. -- No Loophole. -- The Railroads and the War.

CHAPTER XVI.
All Aboard. -- A Glorious Start. -- Loaded to Win. -- Bands and Bugles.
-- Boats and Boats. -- Racers and Racing.

CHAPTER XVII.
Cut-offs. -- Ditching and Shooting. -- Mississippi Changes. -- A Wild
Night. -- Swearing and Guessing. -- Stephen in Debt. -- He Confuses
his Creditors. -- He makes a New Deal. -- Will Pay them Alphabetically.

CHAPTER XVIII.
Sharp Schooling. -- Shadows. -- I am Inspected. -- Where did you get
them Shoes? -- Pull her Down. -- I want to kill Brown. -- I try to run
her.- I am Complimented.

CHAPTER XIX.
A Question of Veracity. -- A Little Unpleasantness. -- I have an
Audience with the Captain. -- Mr. Brown Retires.

CHAPTER XX.
I become a Passenger. -- We hear the News. -- A Thunderous Crash.
-- They Stand to their Posts. -- In the Blazing Sun. -- A Grewsome
Spectacle. -- His Hour has Struck.

CHAPTER XXI.
I get my License. -- The War Begins. -- I become a Jack-of-all-trades.

CHAPTER XXII.
I try the Alias Business. -- Region of Goatees -- Boots begin to Appear.
-- The River Man is Missing. -- The Young Man is Discouraged. --
Specimen Water. -- A Fine Quality of Smoke. -- A Supreme Mistake.
-- We Inspect the Tow...

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